Junk Mail – hidden text

A lot of junk mail nowadays consists of an instream JPEG, which consists of a picture of text, so that anti-spam agents can’t pick out filter keywords like “NEXT HOT PICK”.

Since I am always interested in locating keywords I can use to filter these obnoxious ads out, I tried converting the email from html to plain text.

And I found the following. Very garbled, but interesting. There must be a “rest of the story” but I don’t know what it is. Do we have frustrated writers selling out to the spam industry?

?hawanalysisaromaticchestermarketwisetestimonialthwacktithecanadacyanic?
the boys out like so many caged sparrows ??

a little concert But I remarked two things first that though Annie soon recovered her You have said so any time these ten years referring Mr Hairston answered
fellow cant live there he cant live there And if he cant live there hell die there placid satisfaction Now I have found it “You may not be surprised to hear Annie “
fear that it might displease him I could have held him round the neck and cried
the boys out like so many caged sparrows now I look at you Not altered in the least
fell like a stain upon the quiet place where I had worked and played as a boy and did it a cruel wrongHe looked at me just as he used to look sometimes but I saw no recognition in his face the shoulder again and invited me to breakfast with him next morning at ten oclock
Have you observedany gradual alteration in Papa I had observed it and had often wondered whether
to walk across me more like a fly than a human being while the horses were at a canter
who had got the fidgets in his legs and was twisting them and hitting them
disagreeable in some stages of the process I resolved to go to the play It was
?
The daisy of the field at sunrise is not fresher than you are I addict peppery too
with a will of your own With resolution said my aunt shaking her cap at me and clenching herbe Mr Giles had regularly assisted at our councils with a meditative and sage
at all expected or led up to that she could only tell the chantry it was like himself and go
quitting but morallyyou are very well offspring is a firm fellow A fine firm fellow
The gentleman spoken of was a gentleman with a very unpromising squint and a prominent?
the evening fly away as if it were but an hour It closed in an incident which I well remember
pursuit that would not lie too heavily upon her purse and to do my duty in it whatever it might
some particulars concerning other deserving members of her family whom it was desirable to set
Aint you asked Josefa saideigenvalue petroles by wholesaleWhy you have always been in earnest said Al laughing again
the shoulder again and invited me to breakfast with him next morning at ten oclock
abroad or at home And I said added Mr Blue gravely abroad I was the means of
to my opinions on any subject and the waiter being familiar with me and offering advice
as if I really were a stranger upon earth but the punch pushing and refusal
Shooting sir said the coachman He knew as well as I did that it was just as likely
waterfront in my boyish mind that I seem according to my present way of At last I rose to go to bed much to the relief of the sleepy waiter?

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  1. “like so many caged sparrows” is from Chapter XIX of David Copperfield. “The gentleman spoken of was a gentleman with a very unpromising squint and a prominent” is also from that same chapter (the word after prominent is “chin”). I suspect the spammers are running etexts through a cut-up generator program to try to foil email filtering programs. It produces some interesting results. I took the trouble to format one particularly interesting spam, which I plan to read soon for my podcast. Here’s a sample:

    Coffercarrel. But I stuck to it, because I felt it was a grown up sort of thing. We went to the Einsteinian arithmetic at Vishnu (Corollary: Then my weary journey.) I had abundant occupation for my thoughts in every conspicuous: Extinguished and dreadfully young. It was curious and interesting nevertheless, and grumbling away at the play I have been at the play too: Commercial fracture.

    Incidentally, I found your post when I Googled for “like so many caged sparrows” to identify the text that was cut up. Curiously, you’re the top hit, beating out even the etext itself. But then, who links into the middle of David Copperfield?

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